Events and Programs

Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
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Program Schedule for 2019

All events will be held at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse unless otherwise noted.  
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.

****Zumba Fitness
Starting April 1, 2019 at the Clubhouse
Every Monday (except holidays) from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5.00 per class
Contact Denise for more details
717-269-3214 or

****SALCA Plant Swap
Wednesday, May 22 @ 6pm at the Large Pavilion.  
As you are working in your garden, pot up extra plants, label them and bring them to the plant swap. Bring your extra plants from dividing or seedlings and swap for an equivalent number of different plants. Includes flower, herbs, veggies, house plants, trees/shrubs, grounds cover, and bulbs/tubers. Please label using popsicle sticks, recycled plastic spoons and forks, or tabs cut from plastic milk jugs or plastic clamshell strawberry/fruit boxes. Questions call 570-345-2637.

****Canoe and Kayak Rental Concession
Opens at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse on Memorial Day weekend, May 25th.  
Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats. $10.00/hour, $17.00 for two hours, $25.00 for 3 hours, $30.00 for 4 hours.
Canoes and rowboats seat up to 3, kayaks seat one. PFD and paddles are supplied.
Saturday, Sunday, Memorial Day Monday, July 4th and Labor Day Monday Only. Watercraft available on a first come first serve basis.
Times are 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM  On weekends after 11:00 AM call 570-345-3537.
Last rental is at 6:00 PM. All boats must be returned by 7:00 PM.
Rentals will be made if weather and lake conditions permit and staff is available.
Disc Golf Rentals- Same location and hours as boat rentals. $20.00 deposit/rental returned when 3 discs are returned. 

**** Fish for free at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park 
Sunday, May 26 and July 4th  
Some things in life are free. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission allows anyone, resident or non-resident to fish without a fishing license. It is the perfect way to reacquaint yourself to the sport or introduce someone young or old to a lifetime of the sport of fishing. Fish-for-free days are held twice a year and apply to all waters of the Commonwealth. All other fishing regulations still apply.

**** Introduction to Canoeing and Kayaking
May 27th starting at 2:00 PM. Meet at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse.
Ever want to try canoeing or kayaking? This program will introduce you to the basics of boating safety, paddling and control. Preregistration is required. Number of participants will be limited. Suitable for teens and adults. Call 570-345-8952 to register. This program is free.

****Memorial Day Concert
Monday May 27 6-8pm at the Large Pavilion
M & J Big Band will perform at the Large Pavilion on the grounds of the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Start the summer off right with some great music. Everyone enjoys the annual performance of the “Big Band” at Sweet Arrow. This outdoor concert is free and open to the public and is part of the Sweet Arrow Arts in the Park Program sponsored by the Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association.  Please bring lawn chairs. 

(In case of rain, this concert will be reschedule on Sunday, June 2 @ 2pm.) For info call 570-345-8952 (leave a message)

****How Indians Communicated with Beads, Rock Carvings, and Painted Trees
Sunday, June 9th from 2-3pm, at the Large Pavilion 
Children will make a Petroglyph Rock to take home. Program presented by Dave “Big Owl McSurdy”. 

****Yoga and Mindfulness Walking
Tuesday, June 11 from 6:30 –7:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse Pavilion of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove. 
The practice of mindfulness can bring many benefits to your emotional and physical health, as well as to the relationships in your life. Mindfulness is an amazing tool for stress management and overall wellness because it can be used at virtually any time and can quickly bring lasting results. “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District highlights the importance of bringing mindfulness into your everyday life. Participants will practice mindfulness walking and be shown gentle practices that you can take home to help become a happier and healthier you! All yoga postures will be in standing position only so no mats are needed.
Beginners welcome! Handouts will be available.
To pre-register please call Susan Long at 570-624-3018
Fee: $5.00 per person.

(Camps to be held in the pavilion near Clubhouse)
Wildlife Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  
Wildlife Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. 

Eagles, animals, trees and water are just some of the backdrop that can make for a great summer outdoor program. Children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring and learning about plants and animals especially at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove.

Your child can register for one of two outdoor camps to be held for children ages 4-9. Two camps are offered and include: Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. or Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The camps will be led by “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District and are being run on a “donation only” basis. “We want to make the camps available to all children regardless of ability to pay.” “You can pay for one day or all three days, whatever you decide is fine.” The focus of each camp is learning about wildlife, insects, plants and will include fun activities designed to stimulate curiosity and natural awareness. These camps are sponsored by the Snayberger Memorial Foundation and the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. All campers must be pre-registered and you can do so by contacting “Porcupine Pat” at the conservation district at 570-391-3326 or via email

**** Annual 4th of July Concert in the Park
Thursday, July 4th. Concert begins at 6:00 PM.
Enjoy the Patriotic Sounds of the Pine Grove Community Band. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the concert at beautiful Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.  
Come early and take a walk on the boardwalk and trails. Enjoy the view of the falls, do some fishing, boating or spend some time simply relaxing in the Park.
The concert begins at 6:00 PM and is free to the public.

****Sneak A Peak at the Creek
 Saturday, July 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. A good way to cool off and also better appreciate the aquatic critters in a creek study of the Upper Little Swatara Creek. Join “Porcupine Pat” in a water adventure in search of mayflies, crayfish, water pennies and more! Meets in the Clubhouse parking lot. Recommended for ages 6+. All equipment is provided or you can bring your own.  

****Indians of Pennsylvania
Sunday, July 21st 2-3 PM at the Large Pavilion 
Learn how the fur trade turned clay pots into brass, stone knives into iron, deerskin clothing into cloth shirts and much more. Program presented by Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy. 

**** Hershey’s ZooAmerica
Will present “Animals in Winter” on Monday, July 22 @ 7pm at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse Pavilion. This program focuses on how animals survive the winter, by migrating, hibernating, or adapting to the season. Live animals will be included in this program. Wildly popular this event will be held outdoors on the grounds of the Clubhouse Pavilion. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs. Rain date will be July 25 at 7:00. This program is free and open to the public and is made possible with the help of a grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. For directions or info call 570-345-8952 (leave a message)

****Global Warming -The Science and Impacts on Fish and Wildlife
Monday, July 29 @ 7pm at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse. - Retired US Fish & Wildlife Aquatic Biologist, Ed Perry, will join us to present this timely program. Although global warming has been studied for over 150 years, it has only been in the past 50 years that scientists have been increasingly raising concerns over what they see as a major threat to our planet and way of life. Global warming is here, and observant sportsmen and women, conservationists, and people who enjoy the outdoors are already seeing its effects. Unless we begin, taking steps right now, our kid’s and grandkid’s experience with the natural world will be much different from ours. There are no skeptics in the natural world. Already, nearly every species of plant, insect and wildlife has been affected but there is still time to take action. In 2006, after 30 years with US Fish & Wildlife, Ed began working for the National Wildlife Federation on their Global Warming Campaign, traveling Pennsylvania to educate fellow hunters, anglers and the conservation community about our environmental future.

This program is free and open to the public. For info or directions call 570-345-8952 (leave a message) or visit 

****Yoga for All Ages 
Saturday, August 10 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Large Pavilion  
Young people from ages 8+ and seasoned folks (my age…60+). “Porcupine Pat” will show postures like the Tree, the Bridge, and the Warrior. Meets in the Large Pavilion. Bring a big towel or a yoga mat.  

**** Full Moon Clambake and Night Float 
Saturday, August 17th, from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Pavilion and Clubhouse. Enjoy a clambake and then canoe/kayak under the moon. Bring your own if you have it. Don’t forget the pfd’s and lights. 6:00 – 7:00PM Clambake, 9:00 PM - Kayaking and canoeing. A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available to rent at $5.00 (half price) on a first come basis. For boat rentals call Denise at 570-345-8952  
Pre-registration is required. To preregister call Susan at 570-624-3018.

****Wee Ones Walk—Autumn Adventure
Saturday, October 5 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake. Heighten your child’s natural curiosity during a sensory nature walk with “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District. The walk focuses on colors, textures, shapes, sounds and smells found in nature. Recommended for children ages 3 and above.  

​****Prune Shade Trees with a Purpose 
Saturday, November 9th from 10 am to 3 pm. Meets at the Large Pavilion.
Join us and prune shade trees at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. This hands-on training will be conducted by trained pruners and certified arborist Frank Snyder. Besides learning how to properly prune trees, this workshop will help you visualize the importance of pruning with a purpose. The trees at the park will be pruned to improve branch structure, enhance tree health and create a future vision for the park. Share our vision of tall straight limb-free trees with large canopies that shades the grassy areas around the clubhouse. 

Be part of a tree pruning that will have a major influence on the health and beauty of the trees and grounds at the county park. 
Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions and light work activities. 

This program is a co-sponsored by the Schuylkill County Conservancy and the Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association.  

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